Wednesday, May 17, 2006


One year from today the illegal immigration landscape will look, aside from some window dressing, exactly the same as it does today. And no one will be talking about it or even care.

It’s amazing how an issue can suddenly, almost out of nowhere, catch fire with politicains, the media and their pundits, and then just as quickly becomes a non-issue again.


Publius said...

The problem is that the immigration debate is not going to be going anywhere anytime soon because something will be passed by Congress and regardless of what it is, it is going to be a compromise that is going to favor one side a little more than the other but leaving neither side happy. People were too busy before with their own lives to see all the changes going on because of illegal immigration. Sure, they noticed when they called technical support that they could press Numero Dos for Spanish, and they saw how the cable went from 1 to 2 to 3 to more Spanish language stations, and they read about some of the local radio stations switching to Spanish language stations, and they may have even noticed that all the sings in Lowes and Home Depot were not in both English and Spanish and that is smaller print a lot of the things they bought at the grocery store were in English and Spanish now too. But, they were still busy with their own lives.
But, once they saw the millions protesting in the streets and the media began to cover the protests, they began to put two and two together and suddenly it did not equal 4 but Cuatro. Previous issues affected the people in this country on only a few levels, but illegal immigration affects people’s wallet, their child’s schools, over-crowding, traffic, drugs, crime, etc.
This issue is going to grow and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. The politicians figure it is a good campaign year issue, but the problem is that they are not going to solve the issue to anyone’s satisfaction. Barring another Katrina or terrorist attack, this will be the number one story for some time to come.

Anonymous said...

... then just as quickly become a non-issue again.

Well, now that you mention it, that's probably exactly what the president hoped to accomplish with his little chat the other night.

Dave said...

Well said Publius...maybe...but mmmmm, no. Americans don't stay motivated about anything longer than one TV season.